I am continuing my mission to hike to as many waterfalls as possible this summer and this is the ultimate – Big Basin State Park, Berry Falls loop hike! I have put off this hike partly because it’s so long, 11 miles round trip and I need to get to the park early to start. So, I picked a Wednesday because the crowds would be lighter. This hike is in my 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles book by Jane Huber. My goal is to complete all of these hikes eventually! So far I’ve done 18, long way to go…
Starting at the ranger station like usual and paid my fee and
started in the direction that the ranger pointed, there were 2 trail closures marked on my map but it didn’t really affect my plan. There were surprisingly quite a few other hikers along the way, this was a popular hike.
I started at Redwood trail next to the parking lot and followed the signs to Sunset trail. Sunset trail goes up and down through the redwood forest and eventually peaks in a brushy area with views down into the valley. I passed many banana slugs along the way. I continued on until reaching Golden Falls. The water flows down a large smooth rock that has a golden tint.
Following along the trail and it begins to go down along rocky steps with cable handrails. It was quite slippery and steep, I can only imagine what it’s like in winter and spring. I passed along Silver Falls and hiked along the creek. Eventually, the hike started down along Berry Creek Falls which was larger and more magnificent than the previous 2 falls combined! The views from the trail were beautiful and the sound of the water was so loud! The trail winds around to a bench with a perfect view of the falls.
After taking photos, I continued on my hike, it was a long hike and mostly uphill the way back but lovely and cool hiking through the forest. Definitely worth the time and effort. It’s so amazing to realize that there is such beauty in our backyard. We are so lucky to live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Start/End: Ranger Station at Big Basin State Park
Trails: Redwood, Sunset, Berry Creek Falls, Skyline-to-the-Sea
Mileage: 11 miles
Has anyone been to the falls at Castle Rock State Park or Mount Diablo State Park this year? Is there a lot of water? Have I missed any not-to-be-missed waterfalls?